Renowned Indonesian theatre group Teater Koma, in collaborations with Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, is hosting its 153rd show (and its annual major production) called Gemintang. The new play is claimed to set a breakthrough in Indonesian theatre industry, in which science fiction is being brought upon the theatre stage. Gemintang tells a unique love story between an astronomer named Arjuna and an alien named Ssumphphwttsspahzaliapahssttphph, also known as Sumbadra. Sumbadra came from Ssumvitphphpah, a planet residing 12 billion years away from earth. Arjuna falls in love with Sumbadra and brings Sumbadra to meet his family. How will Arjuna’s family reacts to Sumbadra, a special guest from another planet? Can Arjuna and Sumbadra have their star-crossed romance?
Directed by Norbertus “Nano” Rintiarno, who also serves as the founder of Teater Koma, stated that Gemintang questions what would happen when the young generations tries to break free from the older generations. “This is the story of human seeking love in a loveless country,” said Nano.
Gemintang will see the stellar performances from Budi Ros, Ratna Riantiarno, Idris Pulungan, Salim Bungsu, Rita Matu Mona, Daisy Lantang, Dana Hassan, Suntea Sisca, among others, along with music compositions by Fero Aldiansya Stefanus.
Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation Program Director, Renitasari Adrian, also added that with Gemintang Teater Koma wants to convey the importance of science and education as the nation’s advancement, focussing especially on the roles of the younger generation in rebuilding their beloved country from older generation’s corruptions.
Gemintang will run from June 29 to July 8 at Graha Bhakti Budaya in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta.